A vibrant smile boosts self-esteem. Those with pearly white teeth love to flash their smile with confidence. However, if your teeth are as radiant as you desire, you still need to keep up with your oral hygiene routine. A proper oral hygiene routine keeps your enamel and teeth healthy. If you haven’t invested in a teeth whitening procedure, then what’s stopping you? Dr’s. Mitchell Lomke and Joshua Lomke are experts at smile makeovers. We want our patients to flaunt their smiles and feel their best! Today we’re going to share some teeth whitening tips with you. Keep reading!
BEWARE of Whitening Toothpaste
We all see ads for a whitening toothpaste that promises to remove surface stains to reveal the whitest and brightest smile! However, many forget to mention the harm that these products do to your teeth! The whitening toothpaste contains multiple ABRASIVE particles which do two things. They (1) remove surface stains and (2) overtime abrade away your enamel. Over time, an abrasive toothpaste will wear away the outer layer of enamel on a tooth, exposing the yellowish dentin beneath. So, in theory, you could end up making your teeth look less white. Plus, the abrasives in whitening toothpaste can be painful for some people, so those with sensitive teeth should be careful.
Eating Fruits and Vegetables
Throughout your daily routine, having toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a sink ready to clean your teeth is not realistic. However, eating the right food can help to keep your pearly whites from staining easily. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as celery, carrots, and apples are minimally abrasive in a way that can help remove substances that can discolor your teeth. However, to maintain a white smile, it is always best to avoid excess exposure to products that may stain. These include coffee, dark fruits such as berries, wine, and tea. Moderation is KEY.
Is Your Enamel Weak? Here’s How to Combat That
Because enamel is a hard substance that does not have any living cells, it is impossible to repair completely. For this reason alone, oral hygiene is critical. Weak enamel is also the reason why your smile may not be as bright as you want it to be. What you can do to aid in protection is to use fluoride-rich toothpaste that can help to remineralize your enamel.
Additionally, wearing a night guard every night will help prevent enamel loss at night when it is out of our control. Great examples of non-abrasive toothpaste that fights against acids and do not damage your enamel include Sensodyne Pronamel, and Arm and Hammer Complete Care. The baking soda in Arm and Hammer creates an alkaline environment which directly counteracts the constant acid attack!
Glo Science Professional.
If you want the most effective long-term whitening result, Glo Science is your answer. Being one of the only GLO Science providers in the area, our newest in-office system uses either 24% or 30% HYDROGEN Peroxide to whiten your teeth with NO SENSITIVITY. This product does not harm your enamel and can improve your smile five shades whiter in under an hour. If you want your teeth whitened quickly without any sensitivity, then see us here at Smile Designs of Olney! Glo Science is ADA-approved, easy to use, and great for patients of all ages.
Interested in Whitening your teeth? Come to Smile Designs of Olney for All of Your Cosmetic Procedures
For your smile makeover or any other dental needs, come to Smile Designs of Olney! Book an appointment with us. Whether you want your teeth whitened, straightened, or restored altogether, we pride ourselves on quality patient care and giving you the smile makeover that you deserve. Our small, professional staff will make you feel right at home. We service the Montgomery County regions including Olney, Laytonsville, Brookville, Silver Spring, Rockville, Columbia, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Germantown, MD. Contact us at (301) 260-0700, visit us online, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.